In the early twentieth century, the automobile became an affordable means of transportation. In West
Palm Beach, the Mango Promenade Historic District was one of the first to incorporate garages to
the read, off alleys. From the beginning, they had windows for light and ventilation and double leaf
doors that swung out on hinges, and with a wide 2-car garage, sliding doors.

Most garages were built as free-standing, basic, utilitarian structures andin the same or
complimentary architectural style as the primary structure. Garage size increased as the size of card
grew. Affluent owners expanded freestanding garages by finishing attics, construction second stories
or adding rooms as apartments for their “help.”

While there are a few examples of 1925’s homes with attached garages (Hansell Hall built a number
of these), most were located at the rear corner of a lot. Most of these were accessed by a long
driveway. If the subdivision had an alley (like Old Northwood), access was from the alley. By the
1950’s in the Post WWII era, even simple homes often had attached garages. Over time, many of
these garages have been enclosed to create more living space.

Many of the old garages at the rear were converted to garage apartments after WWII and their use
has been grandfathered in yet today. It is no longer possible under the zoning code to convert a
garage to rentable living space. [FUTURE LINK HERE]
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